SY Meta IV Join-in Cruises - Myanmar’s Mergui Archipelago

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The yacht

A spacious traditional designed 85 footer with a recent mayor interior and exterior upgrade.

Highlights

This luxurious 85 foot yacht has been designed and built for comfort, safety and space in mind. Below deck there's ample headroom 7 foot / 2.15 Meters. Meta IV is fully air-conditioned. Each of the double cabins has its own private toilet shower and can accommodate up to 10 guests. The crew have their own private quarters forwards and their own facilities so as to be totally independent of the guests. Cuisine is of an international standard (qualified Chef aboard) and will tantalize your taste buds. Much of the dining is alfresco in the cockpit, complimented by an extra large awning giving plenty of shade.

Luxury Sailing Adventure
Join-in Cruises 5 Nights / 6 Days in Myanmar’s Mergui Archipelago

Luxury Sailing Adventure Join-in Cruises 5 Nights / 6 Days in Myanmar’s Mergui Archipelago


The Mergui Archipelago in Myanmar’s South
- Be One of the First to Explore an Untouched World

Luxury Sailing Adventure Join-in Cruises 5 Nights / 6 Days in Myanmar’s Mergui Archipelago

Think white beaches lined with palm trees and dense jungle. Think swimming in azure water amongst colourful reef fish, spotting corals, and collecting seashells. Now, picture eagles circling above, gibbons and monitor lizards eyeing you from the thickets, while a sundowner is being mixed for you on board the yacht.

And best of all: you have this entire experience to yourself. You can sail for days on end and meet not a soul but the odd fisherman in a dugout canoe.


Explore and Discover
- Visit the Moken “Sea Gypsies”

Luxury Sailing Adventure Join-in Cruises 5 Nights / 6 Days in Myanmar’s Mergui Archipelago

The traditional inhabitants of the Mergui Archipelago are the Moken, a people who live off, and on, the sea. Sometimes called "sea-gypsies", this ethnic minority group leads a traditional, semi-nomadic lifestyle, dominated by diving for sea cucumbers, fishing and bartering.


Nature and Activities
- A Paradise all for Yourself

Luxury Sailing Adventure Join-in Cruises 5 Nights / 6 Days in Myanmar’s Mergui Archipelago

Explore tropical forests, hiking through valleys and up hills, walk along kilometres of beach with the only foot prints those behind you, kayak through enchanted mangroves, swim, snorkel, and go fishing: you’ve got it all. The Mergui Archipelago is teeming with wildlife. Due to government neglect and the region’s long isolation, its 800 plus islands have remained virtually untouched. They are composed of limestone and granite and vary in size from tiny to islands larger than Singapore.

Most of them (we have yet to find one that isn’t) are covered in thick jungle growth, which drops into azure waters, interrupted only by beaches, rocky headlands, tidal rivers, and mangrove forests. Lampi, one the largest islands, is part national park and home to some of the planet’s oldest mangrove forests.

See also our Fully Crewed Charters on SY Meta IV

Summary

Length 85 ft
No. of guests up to 8 guests
Cabins 1 master cabin with an additional single bed
2 queen size double bed cabins
2 x twin bed cabins
Comfort air-conditioning in all cabins and saloon,
5 bathrooms with shower, additional deck shower and comfortable outside lounge in center cockpit
Entertainment audio CD/MP3 player, outstanding music library, TV, video
Standard 8-person tender with 30 HP outboard, fishing equipment, snorkeling equipment, assortment of table top games.
Extra scuba diving, kayaks
Design/built Ketch, Thomas Colvin USA
Sailing cruising speed 6 knots, top speeds 9+ knots
Special Great sailing in exclusive cruising grounds. You will be relaxed, but certainly not bored on this yacht. Outstanding all-round charter service!

Join-in Cruises 5 Nights / 6 Days in Myanmar’s Mergui Archipelago - 2016/2017

Departures: Saturdays (except 2 peak season departures that start on Fridays) at 10:30am

Charter Rates in USD  for Cabin Cruises – High Season (15 Oct – 22 Dec and 14 Jan – 18 May)

DBL/TWIN 2,600/person
Owner's suite 2,850/person
Triple stateroom 7,800/person

Charter Rates for Cabin Cruises – Peak Season (23 Dec – 13 Jan)

DBL/TWIN 2,850/person
Owner's suite 3,100/person
Triple stateroom 8,550/person

Single cabin: 50% supplement, on top of the regular rate

Also available for either a Myanmar or Southern Thailand trip for private charters.

Charter Rate Includes:
  • 3 full meals per day, non-alcoholic-beverages, water
  • Fuel, electric power
  • Usage of dinghy boat, sea kayak, snorkeling equipment, fishing equipment
  • Service of crew during cruise
  • Vessel insurance
  • airport shared transfers from Kawthaung or Ranong
Charter Rate Excludes:
  • Other services not mentioned in package
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Visa, immigration and other government fees
  • Transfers to and from the yacht
  • Personal health insurance and other personal insurances
  • Other personal expenses
  • Tips for the crew


See Booking Procedures and Conditions

SY Meta IV Join-in Cruises

This luxurious 85 foot yacht has been designed and built for comfort, safety and space in mind. Meta IV can accommodate up to 10 guests.

 

See also our Fully Crewed Charters on SY Meta IV

Sailing in Myanmar's Mergui Archipelago / Yacht Charter with Burma Boating

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Technical Data

Technical Data

Yacht Specifications
Design Thomas Colvin USA
Type Ketch
Year 1998
L.O.A 25.30m / 85 feet
Beam 5.7m
draft 2.83m
displacement 65t
Total sail area 317 sqm
Tender RIB with outboard engine Yamaha 30HP
steering Hydraulic Steering Wagner T-13-35
Anchor winches Electric Anchor Windlass
Technical Specification
engine 15.7 Liter Cummings N-855-M 195 KW
Generator Kohler 7 KW
Electricity 12V / 24V / 220V
Yacht equipment
Radar yes
GPS Chart Plotter yes
Wind Instruments yes
Depth Sounder yes
Autopilot yes
VHF Radio yes
Audio / Video Stereo, TV Flat screen
Water maker Aquatechnology 200 L / H
BBQ yes
Accommodation
Master cabin 1 Double Bed / 1 Single Bed
Double bed cabins x 2
Twin bed cabins x 2
Crew cabin 4 x single beds
Bedlinen 1 set per week
Baht towels yes
Toilet/shower in each cabin
Air-con in each cabin
Bedlinen yes

 

Meta IV deck layout
1-Anchor Locker 2-Head/Shower 3-Crew Quarter 4-Double Stateroom 5-Dining Area
6-Galley 7-Workshop & Sail Loft 8-Triple Stateroom 9-Lazaret

Cruise Itinerary

Cruise Itinerary

Day1

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After the welcome aboard your yacht, we set sail to Barwell Island where we spend the evening on the beach. We’ll go for a swim before dinner and drinks.

Day 2

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Leisurely breakfast on board. After a refreshing swim we start our passage to Island No. 115, a place often frequented by Moken sea gypsies. In the afternoon we will reach the group of small islands called Mid Group. If time permits, we go for a dinghy excursion into a nearby mangrove forest on Island No. 88. After the evening swim we have dinner in this beautiful covered area.

Day 3

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In the morning we slowly sail towards the little village on Nyaung Wee Island and visit the local sea gypsy settlement. After lunch we sail west to Great Swinton Island. Jungle walk along the creek and collecting seashells on the huge beach. For those interested in Buddhism, a short visit in a local monastery. Snorkelling, then sundowners on deck. Watching the bioluminescent plankton at night.

Day 4

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Early-morning sail to tiny Ohway Island for the best snorkelling (and great fishing) in the region. Observe the colourful life of the reef, full of soft and hard corals and plentiful of tropical fish. After lunch we set sails for Jar Lann Kyun and anchor in its large fjord, one of the most spectacular bays in the archipelago. In the mangrove forest we watch the hornbills at dusk. Fine dining on board. Relaxation time under the starry sky.

Day 5

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Long, leisurely sail towards Za Det Nge Island with its beautiful bays and beaches. Visit Rhino Island on the way. Its stunning turquoise waters are perfect for enjoying the sun. Later we move towards Za Det Nge’s for a last dinner party on the beach.

Day 6

Early morning passage towards Kawthaung. Casual brunch aboard before we Cruise Itinerary reach the pier and say goodbye.

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Getting to the Mergui Archipelago

Getting to the Mergui Archipelago

SY Raja Laut Join-in Cruises How to be there

All our regular 6-day trips in the Mergui Archipelago depart in Kawthaung in Myanmar’s south, just across the border from Thailand. Getting there is easy and you have several travel options.

Flying to Kawthaung

If you are arriving from within Myanmar, you can fly directly to Kawthaung Airport, which is connected to various domestic airports and served by several local airlines. The most reliable and convenient one is Myanmar National Airlines. We’d be more than happy to help you organise transportation and meet you at the airport.

Flying to Ranong

Another option is to fly to Ranong Airport. There are daily flights from Bangkok's domestic airport by Nok Air. The airport is well served by local taxi drivers but we can also pick you up from Ranong Airport, of course.

Once you are in Ranong, we will take a longtail boat across the Pakchan River to Kawthaung on the Myanmar side, which takes only a few minutes. We will help you with the immigration procedures before boarding the yacht.

Arriving via Phuket

Phuket International Airport is a convenient and well-connected place to fly to. From there, it’s a scenic 4-hour car ride to Ranong, the Thai border town. Here, too, we are happy to assist you and help you get organised.

Quick Facts

Quick Facts

What’s included?
All on-board meals, all nonalcoholic drinks, all activities, fuel, etc. Not included are visa fees, airport transfers, and the visitor fee the government of Myanmar asks foreigners to pay. This fee is USD 250 per person.

Do I need to know how to sail?
No. Our experienced crew can do all the sailing for you while you relax. If you like, get involved or learn sailing during your trip.

Will I need a visa for Myanmar?
Yes. Most travellers will get a visaon-arrival in Myanmar and we will take care of the procedure when you enter the country while you relax or explore.

Is it safe to travel in Myanmar’s Mergui Archipelago?
Yes, it is! There are no conflicts in our sailing area, nor are there any pirates. There is a midlevel malaria risk in southern Myanmar and you should take precautions by using mosquito-repellent and wearing long sleeves and trousers if onshore at night (which you are unlikely to be much).

Is it ethically OK to travel to Myanmar?
We think so. A few years things ago,things have started to fundamentally change in Myanmar and Aung San Suu Kyi has been released. She and her party now embrace individual and ethical tourism by travellers whose money does not go straight into the pockets of the generals. We are here to support just that.

What else should I bring?
You don’t need much. Bring your bathers, sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses, your camera and you’re pretty much set! It's best to also bring mosquito repellent and you may want to consider bringing anti-malaria tablets. Do remember to get a travel insurance before joining our cruise. On board, you won't need shoes but you can bring flip-flops or reef shoes for beach outings if you want. We provide full lodging, including bedding, towels, all meals, water and soft drinks. We also provide fishing and snorkelling equipment and first-aid, if necessary.

What's the best season to go?
The best time for sailing is between late October and end of April. The rainy season starts in May.

What temperature to expect?
During daytime about 28-32°C. The water temperature will be about 26-29°C.

Is there on-board power, fresh water, internet?
Every cabin has power points (plus fans and aircons). There is fresh water for showering and in the kitchen. Internet is not available on-board.

Will I have to share a bathroom?
Every cabin has its own private bathroom and each comes with a shower, sink and toilet.

What kind of food do you serve?
Our chefs specialise in Asian cuisine but also serve Western dishes. Six weeks prior to departure we ask all our guests about their preferences.